2022 Domaine La Grangette Saint Joseph 'Vieilles Vignes' Rouge, Côtes du Rhône AOP, France (750ml)
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A blend of old vines, the 2022 Vieilles Vignes Côtes du Rhône bottling is 70% Grenache Noir, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault & Mourvèdre, each contributing to the overall balance and drinkability of this delicious wine. Grenache Noir constitutes the backbone, bringing both fruitiness and a supple opulence. Syrah offers the deep purple color and amplifies the intensity of the aromas. Cinsault offers reds fruit flavors and bright acidity. Mourvèdre adds richness through the complexity of its aromas of ripe fruit, and the potency of its fine tannins. Traditional wine making and ageing was performed entirely in stainless-steel vats. The finished wine was bottled after just 10 months and was lightly filtered.
Deep, purple-tinged plum color. The mouthwatering aromatics are bright and fruity with a slight note of bacon fat. The palate is full-flavored, bursting with black raspberry, red plum, fresh strawberry and crushed incense. The finish is juicy with a touch of spice and powdery, mineral-laced tannins. Absolutely delicious and priced for everyday drinking!
This old vine Côtes du Rhone is from a property that was historically referred to as Domaine St. Joseph, not to be confused with St. Joseph AOC. In 2015, the 135-acre single vineyard, located next to the Ouvèze River, was acquired by the venerable producer, Alain Jaume, which has been dedicated to the art of winegrowing in Châteauneuf-du-Pape since 1827. Alain Jaume had actually been sourcing fruit from this particular vineyard for the production of their Côtes du Rhône for over 20 years. When the owners decided to sell the property, it only seemed natural for Alaine Jaume to purchase and continue to cultivate the vineyard. And so, Domaine La Grangette Saint Joseph was established as a secondary label, focused exclusively on wines produced from this property.
The Côtes du Rhône has various soil types, but is mainly made up of limestone terraces with sand and red clay. The intense sunshine, low rainfall and dry mistral wind experienced in the region all contribute to the overall health of the vines and quality of the grapes grown there. The Grangette Saint Joseph yields are intentionally low, and achieved by green harvesting—the process of removing extra grape bunches from the vines, with the aim of balancing the leaf area and fruit weight. This manual intervention promotes the qualitative selection of the grapes by only promoting the growth of clusters that are ideally exposed as they come to maturity.